Last week I confirmed my _SocialStarters place for February 2016. I am so excited. I can’t believe that in 6 months time I will be starting a new phase of my life.
Looking back to when I started to get this ball rolling, I was surprised to find it wasn’t really that long ago. It was early June that I thought a career change was an option and totally possible. Going to the The Escape the City taster session turned my internal light back on. Thanks to the talk by Matt Trinetti and The Escape Manifesto I am on course for major lifestyle changes. All of this happened only a mere 7 weeks ago.
This isn’t to say that I have made spur of the moment decisions. I haven’t. The last 6 weeks have allowed me to take practical small steps in the right direction and thus provide me with the confidence to aspire for something much bigger, yet unknown. More importantly for me, I am okay with the idea of not knowing. This is a massive step change for me as I am someone who has previously been more comfortable with black and white.
I have done a hell of a lot of research and planning to get me to where I am, and I am feeling the benefits of the effort I have already put in. I feel more confident in my own ability and I am optimistic about what the future may bring.
My biggest concern revolves around not having the right people around me, so I have actively been taking steps to connect with different people. I have signed up for events and talks but the biggest benefit to date has been offering my skills on a pro bono basis. People are approaching me.
I have engaged with really interesting and inspiring people who have set up and run organisations I would never have come across. It’s been a fantastic opportunity and a great learning experience and I’m really excited about a project I have just been discussing with a potential new client.
Right now, the opportunities appear endless. For me, anything is possible. No problem is unsolvable, you just have to work out how to approach it and be determined to make change happen.
It’s funny, once I have a focus my time suddenly disappears. Previously I felt like I was drifting in a big ocean in a small rowing boat with no sight of land in any direction. My days would drag and I would feel miserable.
These days I have a renewed energy as I strive to tick off all the things on my project plan, which will result in me leaving behind a job I no longer desire to do.
With this renewed energy however comes a new problem. An overactive brain. My brain won’t switch off, resulting in me gaining all of 2.5hours sleep last night.
My sleeplessness is partly related to the excitement behind the prospect of escaping my job but also the feeling generated when I am actually doing work I enjoy.
I suffer many emotional ups and downs in my job and it’s really driving me insane. Last week I had a roller coaster of a week. A project I had been trying to get off the ground for the past 3 months was finally gaining some traction. Hooray! I thought. Two days later the project ground to a massive halt (for some completely ridiculous reasons) which resulted in my boss and I withdrawing our budget from the delivery managers and pulling the plug.
I had finally lost the fight in me. It was a very sad state of affairs. The worse part being I felt it reflected really badly on me despite the fact I followed every single bureaucratic bit of red tape. I (along with a few others and a group of young people- target audience)wanted to make something amazing happen. We were so close, alas we were shot down. Needless to say I was brutally wounded in that battle.
Anyway, being the resilient individual that I am, I vowed to find another revolutionary project to work on. I am meant to be a product designer after all.
A colleague contacted me about a project she needed help getting off the ground. After some thought I realised how it could be mutually beneficial. To cut to the chase I’ve found a new project, in the confines of ‘work’, to get stuck into. Because I am interested, I work so much more efficiently and effectively. A renewed focus on delivery. With this comes my over active mind and the tendency to get carried away with ideas and plans, and general excitement.
An exciting project at work alongside my own super fantastic personal escape plan – can you imagine what my mind is like?
I shall add mindfulness to my list of things I need to be doing!